Midnight’s Tea

The witches were gathered in their coven one night,
incantations were flying and creating a fright.

They howled and they shuddered and cackled with glee,
as they added more ingredients to their midnight’s tea.

Three pinches of moss mites, two scrapes of a gator
and four full tablespoons of over-ripened capers.

Oh, the steam was now rising in misty curlicues
as the tea went on steeping while they looked for their shoes.

“Those are mine”,  said one.  “No, they’re not”, retorted the other.
“Yours are Manolo Blahnik’s, mine are the Jimmy Choos!”

Join us as we get in the mood for Halloween over at dVerse Poets:  http://dversepoets.com/2015/10/20/10958/#comment-101942

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  1. This is awesome gayle! Simply awesome. what a piece! its hilarious.

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    • Thanks, Trisha. It’s funny isn’t it. I wondered though if people would recognize the names of the famous shoemakers that I referenced.

      I’m glad you liked it and had a laugh! 🙂

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      • i have only heard about the jimmy choo. any way, you know i am not much into dressing up. 🙂

        specially in case of footwears i am very choosy, to me comfort, hygiene is must.

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      • I lead a pretty casual lifestyle myself. Hardly ever have an occasion to dress up but do have some pretty shoes that have lower heels on them to look special. And they don’t pinch my toes! 🙂

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  2. If you can, will you share the story behind halloween with all of us? i dont know any thing about it, other than kids dress up for “tricks or treats”.

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    • My knowledge is very limited. But I know the foundation of beliefs that started thousands of years ago (maybe before) with the Celts whose new year started on November 1. They had festivals that celebrated the end of summer and the beginning of the cold, long winter days. They believed that on the eve of their new year, October 31, the land of the living and dead became blurred and that ghosts of the dead returned to earth. There were celebrations with people dressing in animal heads and costumes hoping to scare away the ghosts.

      Hundreds of years later Christianity was taking over the Celtic beliefs and the church started a celebration which came to be called All Hallow’s Eve that eventually became known as Halloween.

      As time evolved it became a time of celebration with autumn festivals and it was not until the mid-nineteenth century that parties became popular and children started going from house to house asking for food or candy which eventually became known as today’s “trick or treat”.

      It was the baby boom of the 1950s in America that really started the Halloween tradition that we know today with just about every child old enough, donning a costume and celebrating Halloween through parties and trick or treating.

      This is a very edited historical accounting of how it came about. But it goes way back in history beginning in Europe.

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      • Thanks. now i know about it a little bit. i have asked a few people earlier, but most of them only know about the celebrations, not the history of the celebrations.

        so those weird costumes are worn to scare away ghosts, how cute. 🙂

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      • Apparently so! We sure had fun trick-or-treating as children. We six kids would come home with so much candy and we would trade it back and forth for our favorites. 🙂

        My own two girls enjoyed it too when they were young.

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      • We dont have any festival like halloween. But i can understand how much fun it might have been for kids to wear those funny outfits and go out.

        who designed them? I wish you had some snaps of yourself to share 🙂

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      • Some people like to make the costumes for their children and paint their faces with all kinds of makeup to make them look like a ghoul or a witch, etc. Many children like to dress up as nice characters too, like princesses or fairies or characters out of their favorite movies or books. They look so cute!

        But now most people buy costumes at the store. The stores are packed with costumes now and they are selling tons of candy. You wouldn’t believe how much candy is sold.

        I wish we had “snaps” of those days with me dressed up, but we don’t. We had so much fun. A childhood friend and I were just reminiscing about those very days!

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      • photographs were hardly present in our childhood days either. I have my photographs since the day my eldest sister bought her own camera. before that there were handcounted pix.

        photographs bring back so many beautiful memories.

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      • We did have a camera while growing up and my parents did take quite a few photos but none of us at Halloween.

        I even have a photo of one sister, one brother and I all suffering from the mumps–I must have been about five or six years old. And I have some baby pictures of myself–as an infant and celebrating my first birthday. I looked like a little old bald man! 🙂

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      • mumps is terribly painful. i had it at a ripe old age, ha ha, was in my twenties then. Got it from my brother who in turn got it from kids, his students.

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    • Yeah, that’s old to get the mumps! I had all the old childhood diseases like, chicken pox, measles, mumps, scarlet fever and we passed them all amongst each other so we would have company! 🙂

      I think all those diseases can be much worse when you get them as an adult… 😦

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      • I also think so. my sister gifted me with measles (another disease meant for children) when i was in twenties and i really felt awful. mumps hurts too much.

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      • Yes, they all were pretty miserable feeling. My daughter (Mahan Lakshmi) got one of the worst cases of chicken pox when she was little. She had horrible spots all over her poor little body. 😦

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      • I never get overpowered by infectious diseases. when i got chicken pox as a child there were only three in my whole body. 🙂

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      • Oh, you were very fortunate–all those horrible “pox” can be miserable when they are all over your body! 😦

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      • yes all my siblings were horribly attacked. esp the sister who gifted me the measles, she and the brother just older than her were the bearer of all contagious diseases in home and they were terribly attacked too.

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      • What is nature trying to do to all those poor kids? I guess it’s part of “survival of the fittest”–if you can survive childhood, you can survive anything. 🙂

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      • i think so too, or may be nature gets us proof to all the diseases as early as possible. 🙂

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      • I guess it helps our immune system in the future too, to be able to fight off other harmful germs. I seem to rarely get sick these days. 🙂

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      • thats what doctors say too, these diseases build up our future resistance database.

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  3. That’s funny, Gayle!

    “two scrapes of a gator”…very strange.

    Fashionable Floridian witches
    fight over famous footwear, forsooth. 🙂

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    • Yes, it’s funny, UT–it made me laugh too!

      The “two scrapes of a gator” is what gives their tea it’s robust flavor–I’m surprised you didn’t know that!

      The witches here in Florida are diva-licious–they wouldn’t be caught “dead” in anything but the most fashionable shoes! 🙂

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  4. Very crafty with wittily poem Bodhirose…enjoyed as well..yes it is funny Uncle Tree(+)
    soulbro* 🙂 xo—{–@

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  5. love it! how do I share this to fb?

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    • Hi Tamasin. I’m happy that you loved it! I’m not sure how to share it to FB. You could try to copy and paste it onto your FB page. 🙂

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  6. Saraswati Rose

     /  October 17, 2010

    Hi mom, I love that you’re sharing you’re writing, very funny at times and just simple and real at others. You go girl, keep it up! Love you…

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    • What a nice surprise, Saraswati. I’m glad you stopped by–I’m having such a good time sharing and writing. And even taking up poetry–who woulda thought!

      Love you too…

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  7. I know…you could find the widget ‘share to fb’ and put it on this blog. If you look at my blog…www.lifeofaspiritwriter.blogspot.com there is a gadget and link that says ‘get this widget’. I tried to copy and paste but it is too long for facebook.x

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    • Tamasin, I left this message on your FB page too. You can add a share button for FB and other sites on here. I have attempted to do this–we’ll see if it worked.

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      • There’s now a “Share” button under the posting, Tamasin. If you click on there you will be able to share it to FB. I hope it works–otherwise you could add a link to the posting and share it that way. 🙂

        I’m glad you liked it enough to want to share!

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  8. Scary and adventurous….. could this be a tea of death! It’s lovely to experience poetry at diverse angles…..

    Wonderful shot.

    Something I’d love you to see:
    http://ediomoudofia.blogspot.com/2010/08/free-fall.html

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  9. ed

     /  October 19, 2010

    Here’s to the witch of Endor
    Called up dead Samuel in all his splendour
    But Saul didn’t hear what he wanted to hear
    And the Philistines compounded his fear
    To the point that he drank of the witch’s brew
    While Samuel’s prophecy carried him through.

    ooh err 😉
    You inspired me, Gayle.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch_of_Endor

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    • Ed Croucher, is that you? I love your poem–and am glad I could inspire you! ; )

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      • ed

         /  October 19, 2010

        Yep, Gayle, ‘sme of Intent!
        I have my own WordPress blog, Scratchpoll, but haven’t added to it for ages. Really, I came here to say hello and got caught up with the Witch of Endor popping into my head…….can’t say I had much experience of Halloween as a child…..very Puritan upbringing, lol. Nice to see you branching out 🙂

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      • It’s been so much fun trying my hand at writing. And then Trisha introduced me to her poetry group a couple of weeks ago. I never had thought much about writing poetry–but here I am.

        I’m glad you stopped by and took a peek and then got inspired to write your own poem–and you did such a good job!

        I, on the other hand, did not have a puritan upbringing–Halloween at my house was a blast!

        Please come again whenever you would like, Ed. 🙂

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    • Hey, Ed, old friend! That was pretty good! 🙂

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      • Well, isn’t this interesting that you know each other. 🙂

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      • ed

         /  October 21, 2010

        You are very kind of a tree, Uncle 🙂

        Yes Gayle, we lived through the old Intentblog together…..Keith truly made me feel at home in America. Seems like since Deepak was a boy!!!

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      • Another friend connection from Intent–how cool! We pop up everywhere don’t we? 🙂

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  10. Just plain fun … had to look up Blanick and Choos. That’s okay … we educate each other … part of the fun and the pleasure. Thanks for the smile today…

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  11. LOLOLOL, now this is just simply awesome…also had to look up Blanick and Choos…thanks for telling me about this…you have made my day 🙂 Big hugs xx

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    • Well, I didn’t know if you knew of those famous footwear brands or not, but I had to share this with a fellow shoe lover! Thanks for coming. xoxo 🙂

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  12. love story about witches…
    simply words, but delightful read.
    cheers!

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  13. I have gone back to my old rule, one poem a week,
    last week, the links look messy.
    Thanks for the lovely contribution.
    have fun today..

    your poetry rocks.

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  14. Fun and wonderful!=D The witches are on a roll ^.^~

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  15. I love the ending!

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  16. Gayle,
    What a delightful, fabulous poem! I love it!!

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  17. just another girl

     /  October 20, 2010

    love the theme!

    my fav: Three pinches of moss mites, two scrapes of a gator
    and four full tablespoons of over-ripened capers.

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  18. Dear Gayle,

    Thankyou for this treat.. I loved celebrating Halloween- I feel so connected with “them”- LOLsss. That story of origination is so thrilling- you say your knowledge is limited..? Then I don’t even stand a chance to be around your site- 😀
    Trisha: Thanks for making her tell this little story to all of us..!!

    Very well crafted.. both fun to read- aah- had it been a little longer.. I almost shrieked reading it- 🙂

    Cute- super cute. I hadn’t realized what was brewing until “three pinches..” came up!!
    I do have a few “Moron” jokes that I have been sharing with my colleagues till I worked with corporates. Now I work from home. I had been celebrating the Day as if it was one of the major fests..LOLsss your story is very informative. Any day I decide to do a Halloween post, I’ll link it with your story and site.. Hope I could do that..

    Lots of treats and Love xox

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    • Hi Olivia! I’m so happy that you enjoyed my condensed form of how Halloween came to be and my poem. Yeah, the poem is a bit short but somehow it wrapped itself up with the shoe business. 🙂

      Please share your jokes–I would love to read them, and you sure can link my site if you decide to do a Halloween post. Thanks, that would be nice!

      And please visit again–lots of treats (no tricks). xoxo Gayle

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  19. This is a little serious one- 😀 My entry for the Rally
    http://oliviasmindlymatters.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/a-book-is-an-open-window/

    Happy Rally Dear.. xx

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  20. Well crafted poem.. I loved it Bodhirose..

    An Ode to Friendship

    Happy Rally

    –Someone Is Special–

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  21. Lol..hilarious peice of poem written beautifully

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  22. Love it…and Halloween themed too. Great job!

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    • Had to write something about Halloween–I have such fun memories of those days as a kid! I’m glad you liked it!

      Gayle xoxo

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  23. lol Thanks for the laugh! Like the suspenseful lead up to the funny twist!
    Shawn of the Rally
    http://shawnbird.com/2010/10/17/shes-gone/

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  24. This is really good, great images and a lot of fun.

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  25. Scent of my heart

     /  October 22, 2010

    I enjoyed reading your post, thanks for sharing !

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  26. hi Gayle, how do you feel about me emailing this poem for inclusion in a Chat magazine? may be a little late for halloween but you never know, it is too good to keep quiet about x

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    • Hi Tamasin, sure you can share this poem–I’m glad you’re enjoying it so much. Can you give me the link to the magazine? xoxo

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  27. Hahaha.
    Nice end to the poem!
    Gave me a good laugh on this hot afternoon.
    =)

    I love Jimmy Choos than Blahnik.
    Hahaha

    Kudos!

    Love lots,
    B

    BTW, here’s my entry for this week.
    Hope you like it too!

    MOVING ON AND LETTING GO

    HAPPY RALLY!

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  28. Hi Gayle

    I was just going to email it to :
    editor chat it’s fate

    to see if they want to use it. Did you want to email it directly from you? They are quite good at responding when they want it. If you want me to do it, that is fine, also I would quite like to put it on TheSpiritGuide.co.uk under humour..of course, you can just add it yourself but I am happy to put it on for you. Either way, I don’t mind, just let me know.

    Thanks

    Tamasin x

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    • You can email it directly, Tamasin and share with Spirit Guide too. I’m honored that you want to share this!

      Thanks,
      Gayle xoxo

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  29. phew! for a minute there I thought I could be guilty of hi-jacking your poem! I will keep you posted with any news and the links (can take a couple of days) x

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  30. A fun light read…

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  31. lovelyyyyyy 😀 i’m still laughing here

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  32. Blimey! This is Brilliant !

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  33. Oh thanks, Jargnar–so glad you enjoyed this!

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  34. hehe–cute. seems i’ve been scrolling through too much sad love poetry tonight (not that there’s anything wrong with that ) 😉 and this is just what i needed. thanks!

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  35. Nice 1

    !! HAPPY RALLY !!

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  36. jgrow2

     /  October 24, 2010

    Witches in fancy-schmancy shoes! I love it!

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  37. Oh my, this was a funny read! Even witches wear Manolos and Jimmy Choos nowadays!

    You have a great sense of humor! Keep writing funny poetry like this! 🙂

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  38. Oh, yes, witches must keep up with the latest fashions. Truly, I surprised myself with this ending, but it did make me laugh too!

    Thanks for your nice comments tonight. 🙂

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  39. Thanks for your feedback on my rally entry! I’m recovering from round 2 of surgery and so waiting to be able to dance once again. Your poem made me want to get up and dance around the witches’ brew, but for now I have to content myself with smiling and laughing. What a fun piece. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Please don’t hop up too soon on those feet, Julie–you will be dancing in due time! It was my pleasure to read your entry and I hope you will have a full recovery very soon.

      I’m happy you liked my silly Halloween poem! I appreciate your visit.

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  40. I love, love, love this poem! You painted a picture with your words, and great prose for the season too!

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    please vote for fellow posts,
    you are nominated, you win one vote, if you vote for other poets, you win another vote.

    upon join the voting, you win at least a runner up award .
    Thanks for the attention.

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  42. Fun Halloween write!

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  43. WOAH, THIS IS JUST A PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF WHAT IT SEEM TO BE. I LOVE THIS. I LOVE, LOVED AND WILL STILL LOVE THIS

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  44. Delightful poem filled with a fun Halloween spirit. Thank you, and peace!

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  45. Very well done.. I liked it so much.. thanks for sharing…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    Twitter: @VerseEveryDay
    Blog: http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com

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  46. The witches were gathered in their coven one night,

    incantations were flying and creating a fright.

    let the creepiness begin,,,
    love the opening,
    thanks for sharing,
    Happy November.
    xx

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  47. jimmy choo is from my hometown haha!

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  48. Says a lot about she who covets designer shoes. Nice Potluck entry!

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  49. Wonderfully written piece of ghouls in the night. Nice flow.

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  50. I have read this one before…I love it still!

    Happy November Lady Bodhirose!

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  51. Gosh.. this was crazy good!! The recipe was extremely creepy… but hey, it’s Halloween after all!
    I dig your imagery, lady!! It’s just FAB!!!

    Keep up the awesomeness, my friend.. and thanks a ton for sharing this “treat” with us at Poetry Potluck… we could all do with some tea here.. 😉

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  52. The recipe had to be creepy! Thanks so much for liking my Halloween poem, Kavita. I appreciate all your nice comments. xoxo

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  53. Oh, yes. I remember this one. The first two lines get you right into it.

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  54. How funny! those over ripe capers gave me a giggle. I’d have no trouble finding my shoes – they’re the flat, comfy, sensible ones! Glad you submitted this today!

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    • Yes, just silliness for Halloween. 🙂 Pretty much that’s what I wear too. I have to have comfortable shoes. But I do like stylish too…

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  55. This is so funny…ha.ha… Thanks for the tea and laughter ~

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  56. I thought this was rather stylish 😀 loved the closing line!!

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  57. This one made me smile, Gayle!

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  58. he, he, he – if the shoe fits. what a fun surprise at the end!

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  59. Ha, I was especially amused by their taste in shoes. I have always wondered who bought those creations.

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  60. Smiles.. and yes.. witchcraft
    works.. as effective as
    the placebo effect.. light..
    yes.. nocebo effect
    in opposite return..
    dark.. metaphors of
    black spells
    and voodoo
    all reign the
    same where humans
    believe consequences
    are real.. but the garlic
    is as simple
    as relative
    human
    free
    will.. for
    light or against
    the dark.. a play
    of belief makes it
    ALL REAL NOW..:)

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  61. LOL, i got a kick out of this, Kiddo!

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